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Horsetooth Reservoir County Park

Fort Collins, CO Website: http://www.co.larimer.co.us/parks/horsetooth.cfm Overview: This is a fantastic county park near Fort Collins. We moved here from the KOA in Fort Collins because it was much more affordable. It is right on Horsetooth Reservoir with amazing views and all that the lake offers (boating, fishing, etc.). The camp hosts were awesome and helped us extend our stay. (We had to move 3 times in order to stay the 2 weeks.) It is a very desirable park; so try to book in advance if possible. Campsites: Lakeside sites are electric (30amp) and water only. Sites with lake views are full hookups (30/50 amp, water, sewer). Each site has a nice patio area with a picnic table and fire pit. The sites are very level gravel. The sites are nicely spaced out for privacy. Lakeside sites have shade trees. Amenities: Bathhouses, recreational pavilion, boat launches, and beaches. Pet friendly: Yes, but pets must remain on a leash. Internet:  No Price:  $20-25/night Rating: 4.5/5

By |November 29th, 2015|Categories: CO, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

KOA Fort Collins/Lakeside

Fort Collins, CO Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/fort-collins-lakeside/ Overview: This is a very nice KOA near Fort Collins, Colorado. It is one of the nicest KOA’s that we have 'kamped' in. The sites are all nice, however if the park is full there is minimal privacy. The lake is beautiful and the amenities are top notch. The management is super friendly and helpful! We really enjoyed our stay here. The only downside is that it is rather pricey. Campsites: Level, paved pull through and back-in sites. Each site has 30/50 amp, water, sewer, and cable. Some sites have concrete patios. Each site has a picnic table (or patio set) and grill (charcoal or gas). Amenities: Seasonal pool, miniature golf, snack bar, store, rental boats and bikes, bumper boats, fishing, propane, walking/nature trail, gated entry, bathhouses, laundry, basketball, cabin rental, pickle ball, shuffleboard, fitness center, inflatable fun, and recreational/family center. Pet friendly: Yes, with a fenced in dog park. Internet:  Yes, Wi-Fi is available. Price:  FHU $44-85/night Rating: 4.5/5

By |November 29th, 2015|Categories: CO, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

Colorado!

Fort Collins, Colorado May 19- June 5, 2015 We love the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado! The area from Boulder to Fort Collins is definitely a place we could call home. Amazing beauty, wildlife, abundant outdoor activities, breweries, hip downtowns, access to all the amenities that Denver offers, and did I mention breweries and beauty.  Yeah, it’s fair to say we love it here. We spent almost 3 weeks in the late spring here and it was so fun. After our arrival we got some new skins (tires) on the car in preparation for an Alaska RVenture. Yes, that is right we were preparing for an epic summer adventure! Kari and her beautiful girls! First however, we happily drove up the Rocky Mountains to visit a familiar face that we had not seen in a long time. It was awesome to catch up with one of my high school best friend’s and meet her amazing kids! We even weathered a winter snowstorm to get there. The beauty of that area makes the treacherous, dirt, winter roads worth it. Thanks for having us Kari! Next we took to the great outdoors, to do some soul refreshing. That brought us to the amazing Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rockies are so striking to be immersed in. The tall jagged peaks and the lush green valleys with elk causally grazing. There were owlets in the trees and snowballs in the air. There were vast spring vistas and huge winter snow piles. Then there was an epic hike (we should have brought snowshoes) to a wonderful waterfall and lake. It was just what we needed to reconnect. After feeling refreshed we decided that [...]

By |November 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

A Pictorial Summer Summary

September 30, 2015 So we have been in a bit of a blogging funk. We have so much to share; yet we rarely find the time to do so. There is just so much world to explore, food to devour, drinks to share, and we, especially I, have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Since our last blog we have travelled from New Mexico, to Colorado and the Dakotas, then to all of the Great Lake States, and then into New England.  Check out our map page for a geographic tour RVenture Map. I now sit here in Maine, reflecting on our summer (since it is now officially fall) and I am in awe of how times flies. Really. Time moves forward as fast as we move between states. So as we head into October, here is a little pictorial view of our summer. Here is also promise that we will give it a ‘good ole college try’ with the timeliness of our blogs. Maybe. Happy Fall Y’all! National Parks The Great Lakes Region Summer Activities Food!  

By |October 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Taos Wormhole

May 12-19, 2015 In typical Taos fashion I’m writing this post while drinking some local brews and breathing in the fresh air. Now I understand you might not know anything about Taos, New Mexico so let me give you a quick primer. Picture Mad Max mixed with Steam Punk, now throw in a few new age crystals and add some Native Americans and you would only be lacking a pinch of angst. Once completely mixed make sure to re-separate and you’ll have a good feel for Taos. No doubt that’s the brew talking but it’s nonetheless our experience of the interesting desert town. Why go in the first place? I can hear you telepathically asking. Earthships are the only answer I really have. Breweries might come in a close second but green building is what really brought us out of the mountains and down onto the Taos plateau. Earthships are homes that are zero energy to live in once built. If that’s not impressive then I guess you like paying utility bills. I don’t. So how do you build a home that is net zero energy to live in and collects it’s own water? One word, Dirt. Yup, you read that correct but instead of typing away my buzz educating you on the ways of off-grid living I’ll simply leave a link, here. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get back to Taos and the steam punk crazies that live there. As soon as we arrived we noticed that something was off with the little town and not just the cost of a cup of crappy coffee. Which was undoubtedly over priced, but I still think that something happened when we pushed [...]

By |August 20th, 2015|Categories: Blog|2 Comments

Taos Valley RV Park and Campground

Taos, NM Website: http://taosrv.com/ Overview: This is an adequate RV campground in downtown Taos. It offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains. It is very close to all that Taos offers! Campsites: Gravel, fairly level, full hook-up sites (30/50 amp, water, sewer). There are pull through and back in sites available. Each site has a picnic table. Spacing is adequate with shrubs between sites. Amenities: Bathhouse, propane refill station, small camp store, tent sites, rental cabins, and short walking path. Pet friendly: Yes, but must remain on a leash. Internet:  No free public Wi-Fi, but great cellular signals. Price:  FHU $37-42/night Rating: 3/5  

By |August 20th, 2015|Categories: NM, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

Witnessing Cliff Dwellings and Native American History

Cortez, CO Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument May 5-12, 2015 Are we in Mesa Verde? Is this Verde? Yes. Yes it is. We arrived excited about checking out Durango CO, why? Why not? Any town named Durango deserves a good touring in my book. OK, I don’t actually have “a book” but the expression still applies. Durango turned out to be a quaint college town tucked away at the base of the Colorado Mountains. Brewery. Check. I like this place already. I’m easy to please. We walked the town and felt a vibe similar to Athens, GA. Durango was about an hour drive from our temporary parking pad so we headed back to where the 50-amp plug was, aka home. Bird's eye view of Durango, Colorado Mesa Verde National Park was literally right across the street from our campground so the next morning we drove the park and enjoyed all the cliff dwellings. That is what Mesa Verde is famous for after all. We immersed ourselves in Native American history as we toured Balcony Cliff House and Spruce Grove Cliff House. Cliff Palace is also a large complex that was amazing to see in person. There is something about homes perched precariously on the sides of cliffs that bring back a feeling of true oneness with nature. So close to falling to your death, it brings about a heightened awareness that leads to taking everything in that much more than say walking through Durango. One is not better in my mind just different. Unfortunately, on our visit Cliff Palace was closed for restoration, as it is literally sliding off the [...]

By |July 31st, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Mesa Verde RV Resort

Mancos, CO Website: http://www.mesaverdervresort.com/ Overview: This is a great campground right across the street from Mesa Verde National Park! You can literally see the national park from your doorstep. The owners and camp hosts are very friendly. The facilities are very nice. This is a great location for exploring Mesa Verde National Park and the surrounding area. Campsites: Level, gravel parking pads with full (30/50 amp, water, sewer) or partial hookups (30 amp, water). Most sites are pull-through, but some back-in sites are available. There is adequate spacing between sites, but there are not that private. Plenty of shade trees are present. Amenities: Seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool (Memorial Day to Labor Day), two outdoor hot tubs, community outdoor sitting area with propane grills, very nice bathroom and laundry facilities, two ponds with walking paths and picnic tables, and camp store (with video rental) Pet friendly: Yes, but must remain on a leash. However, there is a gorgeous dog walking area! Internet:  Free Wi-Fi available throughout resort. Price:  FHU $39-45/night Rating: 4/5

By |July 31st, 2015|Categories: CO, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

Arching our way through Desert Views.

Moab, Utah April 21- May 4, 2015 Moab, Utah is a cool place. Well, it is actually a very hot place because it is in the desert and it contains Uranium mines that are now environmental remediation sites (Moab UMTRA Project), but that is not the point here just don’t drink the water. This hip town is surrounded by amazing natural beauty and steeped with Native American knowledge. The most famous spot in town is of course, Arches National Park. This is another fantastic treasure of America. We spent days exploring this wonderland of stone arches and meandering desert paths. We even got commentary by Edward Abbey, one of the first park rangers to call this park home, via an audiobook of his book, Desert Solitaire. I highly recommend reading or listening to local books while exploring a new area. It gives you a much deeper understanding and appreciation of your surroundings. Some of the highlights of this park are Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Balanced Rock, and the Fiery Furnace! In order to explore the Fiery Furnace you must have a guide, as this is a place of towering rock fins and gorges that is easy to get lost or hurt in. In fact, a couple went missing while we were there. Luckily they were found unharmed, we think? We enjoyed our 3 hour guided Park Ranger tour through the maze. I will now let the photos of Arches National Park explain the rest of our meanderings. Moab is also a home base for the nearby Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is an enormous park that consists of three distinct sections, the Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze. There is actually [...]

By |July 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Blog Tips, RV Pet Tips|3 Comments

A.C.T. Campground

Moab, UT Website: http://actcampground.com/ Overview: This is a brand new RV park in Moab. It opened just 3 weeks prior to our arrival. We were very thankful though, as all other RV parks in the area were fully booked due to the annual Moab Car Show. Due to its newness we did have some trouble because the gravel pads were not compacted enough. Therefore our jack pads were buried into the earth. There are also no mature trees. The workers are very friendly and trying very hard to fix the issues. We also give them kudos for using eco-friendly building practices! Campsites: Gravel pads that are fairly level with 30/50 amp, sewer, water, and cable. The sites are somewhat small, but due to the roads within the park huge rigs (40+ feet with huge trailers) did fit, they just jutted out into the road. Most sites are very closely spaced with no privacy. We lucked out and got one of the two somewhat ‘spacious’ sites. Amenities: Beautiful ecofriendly bathhouses, community kitchen (including a Weber outdoor grill), and laundry room. A community fire pit is also available. Tent sites and cabin style room rentals are also available. Pet friendly: Yes. However, the park is small and pets must remain on a leash. Internet:  Free Wi-Fi and great cell signals!! Price:  $39-44/night Rating: 2/5

By |July 19th, 2015|Categories: RV Resort Review, UT|0 Comments